Illustrated Outlines of the New Testament Books
June 2021 • Hardcover • 978-0-8024-1927-9
The New Testament shouldn’t be complicated. So why are we often confused?
Every Christian wants to love the Bible. But let’s face it: we sometimes get lost in all the names, places, and doctrines that we find in its pages. Who wrote this epistle? Which book is about justification? Joy? Jesus? Aren’t they all about him? The New Testament contains complex ideas and multiple genres. Keeping it straight can be hard to do. Wouldn’t it be nice if somebody who understands the big picture would put it together for us in one place?
Biblical scholar and seminary professor Patrick Schreiner draws from his years of experience as a teacher to offer a simple and memorable way of understanding Scripture. And he doesn’t do it by throwing big words at you. The contours of the New Testament and its underlying structure are depicted in visual format along with Schreiner’s clear explanations. In The Visual Word, the Bible comes alive because you can see it pictured before your eyes. By taking a graphic approach, you’ll notice connections you’ve never seen before. Gain insights you’ve missed all these years. And discover an overall pattern that makes each separate piece fall perfectly into place.
Don’t settle for mere summaries of the New Testament. Let Schreiner’s concise words and crisp images work together to help you encounter the Living Word in a fresh way.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Patrick Schreiner (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Associate Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross and Matthew, Disciple and Scribe. He loves watching students see the depths and beauty of the Scriptures. This translates into a greater love for God and others as he trains ministers of the gospel who will go out to the nation and the world with the healing message of Jesus. He is married to Hannah and they have four children. They love good local food, the outdoors, sports, and he enjoys serving local churches through teaching and preaching. You can connect with him on Twitter @pj_schreiner.
So who is Jesus, and how will He become king? The central section of Mark (8:22-10:52) reveals who Jesus is and reframes how the kingdom will come. Jesus then calls His disciples to also take up the cross. Jesus’ messianic vocation means glory, but only through suffering and death. He is the Servant-King. This is “the way,” and Jesus explains it to them along the way (8:27; 9:33-23; 10:17, 32, 46, 52). The section is therefore about revelation, and appropriately begins with a two-stage healing involving a blind man (8:22-26) and ends with a blind man seeing fully (10:46-52). Likewise, the disciples will progressively see Jesus with more clarity. Peter confesses Jesus is the Messiah and Jesus is transfigured before them. The Father again declares, “This is my beloved Son” (9:7), but the disciples again misunderstand.
On the way, Jesus reveals Himself. Peter confesses that Jesus is the Messiah (8:27-30). Jesus is also transfigured before His disciples, and Elijah and Moses appear with Him (9:2-13). The veil has been removed for the disciples to see. Readers have already witnessed a similar scene in the baptism. The disciples now hear the Father affirm, “This is my beloved Son” (9:7). This claim is supported by His authority over demons (9:14-29) and authoritative teachings on the Torah (10:1-29). Ultimately, Jesus reveals that His kingship comes by servanthood. “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (10:45). After each revelation story, Jesus pairs it with a prediction of His suffering, death, and resurrection (8:31-33; 9:30-32; 10:32-34). In Jerusalem, He will be given over to the Roman Empire, and His enemies will mock Him and kill Him. He will even be betrayed by His own people, but three days later He will rise again. He will again be transfigured. Travail is coming, but so is transformation.
Jesus reveals Himself on the way, but this revelation relates not only to His glory and power, but His suffering, agony, and crucifixion. Therefore, after Jesus has revealed His glory, He also predicts His death three times (8:31; 9:31; 10:32-34). The disciple wondered who Jesus is, and now they misunderstanding His messianic calling (8:32-34; 9:33-34; 10:35-41). Peter rebukes Jesus for speaking about His death, the disciples argue about who will be the greatest, and James and John ask if they might sit on His right and left in His glory. Therefore, Jesus corrects them; He gives them a lesson in servant leadership. They must deny themselves and take up their crosses (8:34-9:1), they must become servants of all (9:35-37), and they must not lord their authority over others but become slaves to all (10:42-45). Jesus is a Servant-King, calling others to emulation.
I’ve always wished I had a brilliant Bible tutor sitting beside me when I study God’s Word. It’s so easy to misunderstand the layers of truth because of confusion around connecting themes, people, and understanding crucial verses. Now, with Patrick Schreiner’s new book, The Visual Word, we finally have that! It’s a one-step shop that outlines the New Testament books with brilliant visual illustrations and imagery that gets us into the main storyline of the Scriptures in a fresh way. Any time you read the New Testament, this is the book you should keep right next to your Bible to serve as a guide as you work through God’s Word.
– Lysa TerKeurst
#1 New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
As continual learners of the Scripture and teachers as well, this resource will be much used in our home. To see the Word of God come to life through illustrations helps us not only remember them but also teach them better. We believe that seeing the whole of the book is a game-changer in understanding the message, and this book helps the reader see the context and message in a clear way. We are so grateful for this resource in our personal studies!
– Aaron and Jamie Ivey
Pastor at The Austin Stone Community Church; host of The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey podcast; authors of Complement: The Surprising Beauty of Choosing Together Over Separate in Marriage
To combat biblical illiteracy we need resourced to help readers better understand Scripture, but we also need resources that help readers love Scripture. The Visual Word is a resource that does both. Combining concise written summaries with beautiful illustrations, this book teaches the New Testament in a way that engages our mind and our heart. Truly unique and creatively presented, this is an exciting new tool to add to your Bible study toolbox.
– Brett McCracken
Senior editor at The Gospel Coalition; author of The Wisdom Pyramid: Feeding Your Soul in a Post-Truth World and Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community